Clinical Advisory Board

SAMSN Clinical Advisory Board

The role of the SAMSN Clinical Advisory Board (CAB) is to provide advice on the content, quality and efficacy of SAMSN’s workshops and groups for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, their families and supporters.

We are honoured to have the expertise of the following CAB members:

Julie Blyth

Clinical Advisor, Trainer and Consultant in services for survivors of abuse and trauma.

With a background in Social Work, Julie has more than 25 years of experience in the provision of a wide range of consultancy services, including training of counsellors and other workers around responding to abuse, counselling skills and good practice responses. Julie also has 20 years of development, implementation and delivery of training packages in human services, especially in violence, abuse and neglect and treatment of trauma. Services provided to various agencies include clinical practice, supervision, management and investigation of complaints, and staff wellbeing.

Julie was the Clinical Advisor at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, from 2013-17, leading a team who provided support and counselling to all who engaged with the Commission. She also worked to embed a trauma informed approach across the Commission’s activities, and developed a staff wellbeing model to address vicarious trauma. Julie is a member of the AASW.

Dean Brown

Dean Brown is the Chairperson of SAMSN’s Clinical Advisory Board.

Dean participated in peer-support groups in the early 1990’s as both survivor and then as a survivor facilitator. Dean has had extensive experience as a Registered Nurse and Community Case Worker in mental health, drug and alcohol, community palliative care and homelessness as well as wide experience in general nursing. He has worked in a variety of roles in several NGO’s and Area health service positions.

Dean currently works at SAMSN as a Peer Support Worker providing lived-experience to the SAMSN team.

Professor Patrick O’Leary BSocWk, MSocWk, PhD

Patrick O’Leary is the Head of the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University.

For more than twenty years Patrick has had an interest in gender based violence and child protection. His research on the long-term effects of child sexual abuse has primarily focused on men. This research is one of the largest and most comprehensive studies on Australian men who were sexually abused in childhood; it has been published widely in high quality journals such as Child Abuse and Neglect and the British Journal of Social Work. Recently he has been working with Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Patrick held previous positions as Professor in Social Work at Southampton University and University of Bath and at University of South Australia. He has a distinguished research career in child protection, domestic violence and social work having authored numerous articles, chapters and books.

Patrick is the former Director of the International Child Well Being Research Centre at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. This work has seen him examine child protection in a variety of international contexts most recently including in Middle East.

Professor Caroline Taylor AM

Caroline Taylor is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts and consultants in the field of child and adult sexual violence and domestic violence and the criminal justice response to victim/survivors and social models of trauma and recovery.

Caroline has considerable experience as an academic researcher, educator, trainer and change agent who operates effectively and dynamically in sensitive and complex environments and organisations. She has received distinguished meritorious awards for her research and contribution to academia and professions such as police and the wider community. She has applied innovative methodologies to draw out and elucidate a deeply nuanced and critical understanding of sexual violence and its interface with socio-legal structures that have influenced proactive law reform in Australia.

Caroline has been a Visiting Academic to Kings College, London (2011) and is an academic advisor to Interpol’s Specialist Group on Crimes Against Children and has undertaken a number of international benchmarking trips to examine all aspects of the criminal justice system and welfare/advocacy service responses to child and adult victims of sexual violence. 

In 2002 Professor Taylor was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s Inquiry into Sexual Offences Law and Procedure (2002-2004). The commission drew heavily on her research work to inform their Interim and Final Reports and to support the 201 recommendations for law reform. Caroline founded a charity organisation in 2004 (Children of Phoenix) that provides education and training scholarships and mentors for children, adolescents and adults affected by childhood sexual abuse.